How’s it going? We’re just under way here for the month of August, and I get to do the blog post on the first of the month bit (nothing special, it’s just exciting for me because of the possibilities that every month brings everyone, including me and you, of course).
Let’s get to it.
I’ve become slightly more active on LinkedIn, doing posts and status updates there, as some of you might know.
Yesterday I talked a teeny bit about mindset, and that if you didn’t like it, why should you change it.
I didn’t say “how,” which was the whole point.
Humans need a reason why for everything, usually. Either it’s given by someone else, like a parent or teacher (“if you don’t brush your teeth you’ll probably end up with none”) or figured out on our own.
Prospects need a reason why, too. A reason to read, a reason to buy, a reason to trust, a reason for everything.
And you can give it to them–if it lines up with something they want in their life that you can offer, that’s great.
I also didn’t go into detail, because everyone has different reasons for doing or not doing something.
I will say one thing, though. Money is never enough. I mean it’s not enough of a reason to keep you going, especially if you flop early on when you’re trying something out to make money. On the other hand, helping people have a better life is a good reason. Or caring for and providing a future for your children. Something outside yourself.
I don’t mean to be rah-rah–everyone needs money, and it is a prime motivator. But doing something only for money can put you into unfavorable or dangerous situations (writing under an insane deadline about a product or service you don’t like or approve of, for a client who you wouldn’t give the time to if they asked, kind of thing).
Writing and editing is something I fell into. I liked to do writing, and I didn’t have some grand plan to get all these things moving (something I’m a bit embarrassed about for some reason or other).
But I did find out that I can use those skills to entertain people and help them make more money (not necessarily both skills or in that order), which is cool.
And if you do get stuck figuring out these things, it’s not written anywhere I know of that you can’t give something else a shot. As long as you’re not giving up in your mind, and you dive deeply enough before deciding something isn’t a fit before moving on, you’ll eventually, with guidance and determination, find something that works for you.
Make it a great, productive August 2017.
Until next time,